Has someone ever asked you, “Why do you live by so many rules?”
What are the rules for? Why do we follow the commandments of God?
There are two types of people in the world. The Bible names them, but that will come in a moment. As a description, the first group boasts of their ingenuity. They are progressive thinkers. They are social inventors. They are eager to try something that makes sense to them. So you can trace throughout history the philosophies and “isms” man has constructed. It really is their blueprint for life. As you study these blueprints, you find sensible things such as love, respect, freedom, etc. The problem is, they have spent a lot of time and energy to reinvent the wheel, but they can not get the wheel to work!
The second group realizes God already figured out how the world works because he created it. His blueprint is available to any who wish to use it. God gave Israel the statutes and judgments. He says, “For this is your wisdom, and…the nations…[shall] say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people'” (Deuteronomy 4:6). Israel was supposed to be on the cutting edge of human social development. No one else would have such an economic system, balance of power, or devoted worship. If they used God’s blueprint, they would be the image of wisdom and the ideal all nations would emulate.
Sounds familiar to the time Christ commissioned his disciples and told them “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). The instructions given by God and received by the people who choose to follow Him are supposed to present an undeniable illustration of divine wisdom. Yet, the world rejects God’s blueprint for life. Obviously part of the denial rests in man base desire to rebel against God. However, could it be that those who profess to love God have failed to live according to His blueprint? Could it be that the world has not seen in recent years the supreme example of divine wisdom incarnate in the lives of believers?
Jesus named the two groups of people at the end of the Sermon on the Mount. He describes the ones who refuse to hear and instead attempt to reinvent their own way and the ones who hear and do the words of God. The first group is called fools and the second, wise (Matthew 7:24-27). The foolish attempt to replicate the God-designed existence without God. They wonder why it does not work. The wise accept the God-designed pattern for life. The fools need to stop reinventing the wheel and instead reinvent their will. Simply hearken and do and you will live and possess the blessings from God (Deuteronomy 4:1).